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Dean Heller

  • Politics

    Are the Enemies on the Right the Right Enemies to Have?

    By Michael Green

    Dean Heller has irked Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn.

  • Politics

    Once Thought Dead, Is Yucca Mountain Coming Back to Life?

    By Michael Green

    In the new budget submitted by President Donald Trump, we can’t take care of the poor and sick, but we can afford $120 million to get the licensing back on track for a nuclear waste dump about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

  • Politics

    To See Nevada’s Political Future, Look at the Present

    By Michael Green

    The two Republicans likely to be atop Nevada’s ticket, Dean Heller and Adam Laxalt, are trying their best to help Democrats, who may not be wise enough to take full advantage of that gift.

  • Politics

    How Dean Heller’s ‘Signature’ Moment Could Derail His Political Career

    By Michael Green

    Dean Heller sure knows how to make headlines—and, no, I’m not referring to his ability to regularly serve up fodder for journalists … at least not in this instance.

  • The Irony Watch

    By Michael Green

    The week that former Nevada Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich died, Sen. Dean Heller did a lot of tap-dancing. The irony should not go unnoted. Bipartisan Dean voted to allow debate on the immigration bill the U.S. Senate’s “Gang of Eight” produced. He also said, “While this is a promising piece of legislation, there are certain areas of the bill that must be addressed.” He promised amendments to the promising bill but said nothing about what they would be. Whatever they are, no doubt they will be designed to increase the 35 percent of the Hispanic vote that he got in 2012.

  • Learning from Michael

    By Michael Green

    Alert readers might think the headline refers to the author. Certainly not. Our text today comes from that noted philosopher, Michael Corleone, in The Godfather. In one of the final scenes of that magnificent film, he confronts his brother-in-law over setting up Sonny Corleone to be killed. When Carlo denies it, Michael replies that he doesn’t want to hear that he’s innocent “because it insults my intelligence.” The following people need to watch that scene:

  • Can Gov. Sandoval Help the GOP Win Over Latinos?

    By Michael Green

    One of the favorite theories among Nevada cynics is that Governor Brian Sandoval is a man with a plan. At one point, he disclaimed interest in being on the national Republican ticket in 2012. But as he ramps up to run for re-election in 2014 and looks ahead to 2016, his national profile seems to be increasing.

  • Nevada Has Potential to Shift Attitude on Gun Control

    By Michael Green

    “We may have turned the corner on the debate over guns in America.” Adam Winkler is a professor of law at UCLA and the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. His book traces and analyzes not just a recent Supreme Court decision that strengthened the hands of gun rights advocates, but the history of American gun control laws and the culture surrounding them.

  • Politics

    Three Stories and the Soul of Nevada

    By Michael Green

    If you woke up on Tuesday, Dec. 4, and opened the Las Vegas Review-Journal, you saw two pieces side-by-side. One was a news story: “Strip club mogul Jack Galardi dies at 81: Entrepreneur built empire, survived scrapes with law.” Beside it was an obituary—the kind for which families have to pay—for Shannon West-Redwine.

  • The Good, the Bad and the Telling of Sheldon Adelson

    By Michael Green

    Sheldon Adelson spent at least $90 million and possibly as much as $150 million on this year’s elections and says he could double down next time. That is good, bad and telling. The good is that Adelson has a talent for picking losers. The only candidate whom Adelson or his family supported directly who won was Dean Heller. Beyond that, Adelson poured his money down the drain with Newt Gingrich, then gave big money to PACs like the one run by Karl Rove, whom Adelson really should view as having fleeced him.

  • What Election Night Says About Nevada

    By Michael Green

     At 9:35 p.m., on election night, MSNBC aired a commercial attacking Rep. Joe Heck for opposing embryonic stem-cell research, paid for by House Majority PAC. The polls had been closed in Nevada for only two-and-a-half hours. Ideally, that was the last political ad we will see until … the municipal elections of 2013. In the meantime, here are some thoughts on yesterday’s fun, some of which we can expect to explore in future blogs, columns, and navel-gazing sessions:

  • Just the Facts, Ma’am

    By Michael Green

    To understand some of what we have recently heard in the campaigns requires us to remember one of the most important days in American history, Oct. 17, 2005. On that date, Stephen Colbert coined the word “truthiness”—essentially, that if you believe what you’re saying, it must be true.

  • The Numbers Game

    By Michael Green

    Could Nevada vote by a wide margin to re-elect Barack Obama and then elect a Republican to the Senate and to three of the four House seats? Yes. Will it? Well, that’s another matter.

  • Nevada Democrats are Doing it Wrong

    By Michael Green

     Here is what’s wrong with Nevada Democrats. In a national report issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kids Count, Nevada ranked 48th in the well-being of children.  It was at the bottom in education, 49th for economic well-being, 46th in health, and all the way up to 41st on such family and community issues as teenage birth rates and the number of children in poverty.  One in four Nevada children live in poverty.

  • Heller’s Hispanic Problem

    By Michael Green

    Dean Heller made his bed. Now he might need to hide under the covers. The Republican junior senator from Nevada has been receiving attention for his outreach to Hispanics. He announced a group of 125 Latinos who support him—which puts him about 125 ahead of the last Republican to run for the Senate from Nevada, Sharron Angle. And thus Heller’s dilemma. He has a Hispanic group, Juntos con Heller (“Together with Heller”), and vocal backing from some Hispanic businesspeople. He wants immigration reform. Muy bueno.

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